Here is the gist of the details for those of you who have short attention spans:
Here's the breakdown of the expenses:
- Cake Mix, Icing, and Food Coloring--£20
- Tissue Paper- £5
- Fishing Line- £2
- Balloons-£8 (Just a few helium ones--these popped immediately. Next time, I won't bother!)
- Normal Balloons- £2
- Flowers- £7
- Paper Goods- £6
- TOTAL: £50 (plus a little more extra food)
With almost 40 guests (including about 8 children) I was pretty proud of myself for keeping the cost down (a little over £1/person). When you grill out, it makes the food easy too. We asked adults to bring their own meat, but we provided a couple of types of salads, nibbles, cake (and a few friends brought various baked goods), and soft drinks.
It's not something we will do every year, but considering that it was our son's very first birthday, I am really glad we did something special!
Besides the invitations and envelopes, here's the other stuff I did myself to keep things on the less expensive side....
Tissue paper Pom-poms for the gate at the entrance to our house, and a few other places.
Speaking of cake.....I also made the cake. I just used two good ol' betty crocker vanilla cake mixes, and a few tubs of buttercream icing! My friend, Kate, did the icing part for me, because she is awesome. I was also afraid that if I did it the cake would fall over....and then spontaneously combust. I did manage to compose an "E" out of skittles (taste the rainbow) on the top!
I printed labels and used baby food jars to make party favours for the kiddies-- "Caterpillar Food"! (A.K.A. Cheerios)
We didn't get a family photo, since Jim was glued to the grill all night like so....
And so concludes the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party-- happy birthday to Eli and me! Thanks for stopping by!
The moral of the story is that it is possible to throw a great and affordable party! I'm pretty sure people don't mind if you even have any decorations. Once you've ordered up some sunshine, and fired up the grill, friends and fun are all it takes to make a party a success!
What are your go-to tips and tricks for hosting a great party? How do you decorate your house/yard for the occasion?
I'm linking this post to Whatever Goes Wednesday, Show and Tell Wednesday, Naptime Creations, Give me the Goods Monday, Remodelaholic.
This party was featured!